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Neil McKenzie resigns as Bangladesh batting coach..


Deepesh Sharma 

Dhaka, 22 Aug (HS) : Neil McKenzie has resigned from his position as Bangladesh's batting coach, citing family reasons for his decision, which he conveyed to the BCB through a letter on Thursday.

"Yes, I've resigned, only reason being time away from the family. With Covid, the schedule, and doing all formats, the time away from my young family would be too much," McKenzie said. "I've loved being a part of the Tigers and will always have a soft spot for Bangladesh cricket and the great guys I've been fortunate to work with."

McKenzie became Bangladesh's white-ball batting consultant in July 2018 and soon became an effective instructor. He wanted his batsmen to practice "skilled hitting", where they didn't just go for broke, but found the right areas in the field to find the most runs. He also stressed on the value of rotating strike every ball, an issue that had often been a bugbear for Bangladesh's batting line-ups.

McKenzie was quick to point out things that were going wrong, but was also a great defender of his players. Earlier this year, he stood up for Tamim Iqbal when the opener's anchor role was being misinterpreted.

"He [McKenzie] has been a much admired coach here," BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said, "And I wish to thank him for the work he has put in with the Bangladeshi batsmen, especially in white ball cricket where the progress has been evident. On behalf of the BCB, I wish him the very best."

Bangladesh are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in October for a three matchTest series.

Hindusthan Samachar